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Ziyarah on the 'Night' of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

According to ad tradition on the authority of a valid chain of authority, Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.) has said, “Whoever visits the tomb of al-Hussein at one of the following three nights, will have all his sins forgiven by Almighty Allah, including the past and the coming: the night before Eid al-Fitr Day, the night before Eid al-Adha Day, and the mid-Sha`ban night.”

Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.) is reported to have said, “If one visits al-Hussein ibn Ali at the mid-Sha`ban night, the Eid al-Fitr night, and the Arafat night in the same year, Almighty Allah will record for him the reward of one thousand times of admissible hajj and one thousand times of acceptable `umrah and will grant him one thousand requests for this world and the Hereafter.”

Imam al-Baqir (A.S.) is reported to have said, “Whoever spends the Arafat Night in the land of Karbala' and resides to spend the Arafat Day there and then leaves, Almighty Allah shall save him from the evils of that year.”

It is worth mentioning that scholars have dedicated two forms of ziyarah to these two blessed feast days (i.e. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha). The first form has been previously cited as the ziyarah form at the Qadr Nights, while the other is the following. What is apparently understood from the words of the scholars is that the first form of ziyarah is said when one visits the holy shrine on the two days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, while the following form is said when the holy shrine is visited at the two nights before these two days.

When you intend to visit Imam al-Hussein’s tomb at these two nights, you may stop at the gate of the holy dome, cast your sight on the tomb, and seek permission of admission by saying,

O my master! O Abo-`Abdullah!

O son of Allah’s Messenger!

I—your slave and son of your slave and your bondwoman,

who stand submissively before you,

who is worth nothing in comparison with your elevated esteem,

and who admits your right (that is incumbent upon us)—

have come to you, seeking your shelter,

heading for your sanctuary,

turning my face towards Your place,

and beseeching Allah in your name.

May I enter, O my master?

May I enter, O intimate servant of Allah?

May I enter, O Allah’s angels

who surround this sanctuary

and reside in this shrine?

If your heart feels reverence and your eyes shed tears, then you may enter by preceding your right foot to your left one. You may then say the following words:

In the Name of Allah (I begin), in Allah (I trust),

on the way of Allah (I proceed),

and the norm of the Messenger of Allah (I follow).

O Allah, (please do) enable me to reside blessedly

and You are the best of those who enable to reside.

You may then say the following words:

Allah is greatly the Most Great.

All praise be to Allah abundantly.

Glory be to Allah in morns and eves.

All praise be to Allah the Single, the Absolute,

the Glorious, the One and Only,

the All-obliging, the All-benefactor,

the Donor, the All-compassionate

Who, out of His conferral (upon us) with His bequests,

has made easy for me to visit my master out of His beneficence,

Who has not included me with those who are prevented from visiting him

or those who are rejected from being under his inviolability;

rather, He has bestowed upon me and donated me (this favor).

You may then enter the shrine. When you reach its center, you may stop near the tomb with reverence, weeping, and submission, and say the following words:

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Adam the choice of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Noah the trustee of Allah.

Peace be upon you O inheritor of Abraham the Friend of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Moses the spoken by Allah.

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Jesus the spirit of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Muhammad,

blessings of Allah be upon him and his Household, the most-beloved of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Ali the Argument of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O obedient and pious successor.

?Peace be upon you, O vengeance of Allah, son of His vengeance, and the unavenged so far.

I bear witness that you performed the prayers,

defrayed the poor-rate,

enjoined the right,

forbade the evil,

and strove for the sake of Allah as exactly as strife must be

until your inviolability was violated and you were slain wrongfully.

You may then stop at the side of the Imam’s head with submissive heart and teary eyes and say the
following words:

Peace be upon you, O Abo-`Abdullah.

Peace be upon you, O son of Allah’s Messenger.

Peace be upon you, O son of the chief of the prophets’ successors.

Peace be upon you, O son of Fatima the luminous lady

and the doyenne of the women of the worlds.

Peace be upon you, O hero of Muslims.

O my master,

I bear witness that You were light in the lofty loins

and purified wombs.

The ignorance could not stain you with its impurities

or dress you its gloomy garbs.

I also bear witness that you are one of the pillars of the religion,

the supports of Muslims,

and the havens of the faithful believers.

I also bear witness that you are the God-fearing, pious, pleased,

pure, guide, and well-guided Imam.

I also bear witness that the Imams from your progeny

are the spokesmen of piety, the signs of guidance,

the firmest handle (of Islam),

and the arguments against the inhabitants of this world.

You may then throw yourself on the tomb and say the following words:

To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.

O my master, I am loyal to your loyalists

and enemy of your enemies.

I also believe in you all and in your Return

and I have full confidence in the laws of my religion

and in the seals of my deeds.

My heart is at peace with your heart

and all my affairs are following your commands.

O my master, I have come to you fearful; so, (please) secure me.

I have come to you seeking shelter; so, (please) grant me shelter.

I have come to you deprived; so, (please) grant me wealth.

My chief and master,

you are, O my master, Allah’s argument against all of His creatures.

I believe in your secret and open affairs,

in your visible and invisible affairs,

and in the foremost and the last of you.

I also bear witness that you have recited the Book of Allah and you are the Trustee of Allah,

who calls to Allah with wisdom and excellent exhortation.

May Allah curse the people who wronged you.

May Allah curse the people who were pleased when they heard of that.

You may then offer a two-unit prayer to the side of the Imam’s head and when you finish, you may say
the following words:

O Allah, I have offered a prayer for You

and I have genuflected and prostrated myself for You

alone without setting any partner to You,

because prayers,

genuflections, and prostrations are illegal for anyone save You,

because You are Allah; there is no god save You.

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

convey to them the most favorite salutations and greetings from me,

and convey to me their response to my greeting.

O Allah, these two units of prayer are a present from me

to my master al-Hussein the son of Ali,

peace be upon both of them.

O Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon him,

accept these two units of prayer from me, and reward me for them

by granting me the best of my hope and expectation in you and in Your Friend,

O Guardian of the believers!

You may then throw yourself on the tomb, kiss it, and say the following words:

Peace be upon al-Hussein the son of Ali,

the wronged and martyred,

the victim of shed tears,

and the captive of agonies.

O Allah, I do bear witness that he is Your intimate friend and the son of Your intimate friend

and Your choicest one who revolted to demand with Your right.

You have thus honored him with Your honor,

sealed his lifetime with martyrdom,

made him one of the chiefs

and one of the leaders,

honored him with immaculate birth,

gave him the inheritances of the prophets,

and made him argument against Your creatures and one of the Successors.

So, he called to You flawlessly,

gave advice,

and sacrificed himself for Your sake

until he could save Your servants from ignorance and perplexity of straying off.

Yet, those whom were seduced by this worldly life,

those who sold their share of the Hereafter with the lowly price,

those who perished because of following their desires,

those who brought to themselves Your wrath and the wrath of Your Prophet,

and those who obeyed the dissident and hypocritical servants of You

and the bearers of the burdens (of sins) who deserve Hellfire—all those supported each other
against him;

so, he fought against them with steadfastness and expectation of Your reward,

facing them courageously, never turning back,

and never fearing the blame of anyone concerning carrying out his duty towards You

until his blood was shed while he was in obedience to You

and his inviolability was also infringed.

O Allah, curse them with incessant curses

and chastise them with painful chastisement.

You may then turn to Ali ibn al-Hussein (A.S.), who is buried to the side of Imam al-Hussein’s feet, and say the following words:

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s intimate servant.

Peace be upon you, O son of Allah’s Messenger.

Peace be upon you, O son of the seal of the prophets.

Peace be upon you, O son of Fatima

the doyenne of the women of the worlds.

Peace be upon you, O son of the Commander of the Faithful.

Peace be upon you, O persecuted and martyred.

May Allah accept my father and my mother as ransoms for you.

You lived happily

and were killed as wronged and martyred.

You may then turn to the tombs of the martyrs—may Allah’s pleasure be upon them—and say the following words:

Peace be upon you all, O defenders of (the faith of) Allah’s Oneness.

Peace be upon you because you were constant.

How excellent then the issue of the abode is.

May Allah accept my father and my mother as ransoms for you.

You achieved a great success.

You may then walk to the shrine of al-Abbas ibn Ali, stop at his holy tomb, and say the following words:

Peace be upon you, O righteous servant (of Allah) and veracious self-sacrificing.

I bear witness that you believed in Allah,

supported the son of Allah’s Messenger,

called to the way of Allah,

and sacrificed yourself for Him.

So, the most favorite greetings and compliments of Allah be upon you.

You may now throw yourself on the tomb and say the following words:

May Allah accept my father and mother as ransoms for you, O supporter of Allah’s religion.

Peace be upon you, O supporter of al-Hussein the veracious.

Peace be upon you, O supporter of al-Hussein the martyr.

Peace from me be upon you

as long as I am existent and as long as there are day and night.

You may then stand up to offer a two-unit prayer to the side of his head and then repeat the same words that you have said after offering a prayer at Imam al-Hussein’s shrine. These words, which have been previously cited, begin with the following statement:

O Allah, I have offer a prayer for You

and I have genuflected and prostrated myself for You…

You may then return to the shrine of Imam al-Hussein (A.S.) to reside there for any period you like. However, it is recommended not to appoint the holy shrine as one’s place of residence and spending the night there.

If you intend to leave and bid farewell to the Imam (A.S.), you may stop at the side of the head and say the following words while weeping:

Peace be upon you, O my master.

This is the greeting of one who has to bid you farewell although he is neither bored with you nor tired of you.

If I leave (you), this is not because of weariness,

and if I reside, this is not because of mistrusting

the promise that Allah has made for the serene ones.

O my master, may Allah not decide this time of my visit to you to be the last

and may He endue me with more chances to re-visit you,

to reside in your sanctuary,

and to be in your presence.

Respond to me, O Lord of the worlds!

You may then kiss the tomb and try to pass your entire body over it, because this tomb is security and protection. You may then leave it by walking backwards without giving your back to the tomb. You may say the following words:

Peace be upon you, O door to the High Position.

Peace be upon you, O partner of the Qur'an.

Peace be upon you, O argument against disputants.

Peace be upon you, O ark of salvation.

Peace be upon you all, O angels of my Lord

who are residing in this sanctuary.

Peace be upon you forever

as long as I am existent and as long as there are day and night.

You may also say the following words:

To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.

There is neither might nor power except with Allah the All-high and All-great.

You may then leave.

Sayyid Ibn Nwfal and Muhammad ibn al-Mashhade said, “If you do all these devotional acts (correctly), you will be as if you have visited Almighty Allah in His Divine Throne.”

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